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The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story By Tiya Miles,

  • Title: The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story
  • Author: Tiya Miles
  • ISBN: 9780807834183
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Hardcover
  • At the turn of the nineteenth century, James Vann, a Cherokee chief and entrepreneur, established Diamond Hill in Georgia, the most famous plantation in the southeastern Cherokee Nation In this first full length study to reconstruct the history of the plantation, Tiya Miles tells the story of Diamond Hill s founding, its flourishing, its takeover by white land lottery winAt the turn of the nineteenth century, James Vann, a Cherokee chief and entrepreneur, established Diamond Hill in Georgia, the most famous plantation in the southeastern Cherokee Nation In this first full length study to reconstruct the history of the plantation, Tiya Miles tells the story of Diamond Hill s founding, its flourishing, its takeover by white land lottery winners on the eve of the Cherokee Removal, its decay, and ultimately its renovation in the 1950s.This moving multiracial history sheds light on the various cultural communities that interacted within the plantation boundaries from elite Cherokee slaveholders to Cherokee subsistence farmers, from black slaves of various ethnic backgrounds to free blacks from the North and South, from German speaking Moravian missionaries to white southern skilled laborers Moreover, the book includes rich portraits of the women of these various communities Vividly written and extensively researched, this history illuminates gender, class, and cross racial relationships on the southern frontier.
    The House on Diamond Hill A Cherokee Plantation Story At the turn of the nineteenth century James Vann a Cherokee chief and entrepreneur established Diamond Hill in Georgia the most famous plantation in the southeastern Cherokee Nation In this first

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    1. When we think about slavery, we think about wealthy white families living on plantations in elegantly decorated mansions while their slaves toil away on their land living in unsavory housing accommodations on its outskirts Tiya Miles challenges our understanding of slavery by investigating a Cherokee Indian family, the Vanns, who owned over 100 slaves and were among the most wealthy of the Cherokee Indians This is a part of our history that we never learn about, thus doing a disservice to the Ch [...]

    2. I bought this book when I visited the Vann House last year My Cherokee ancestors lived and were educated at Spring Place Mission, and they knew the Vann s, so I wanted to know I was pleasantly surprised at the personal and thoughtful approach of this publication Reading it through took longer than I expected, but it was a memorable experience, especially following my most meaningful personal visit to the sites that are referenced throughout I recommend this book for anyone who desires to unders [...]

    3. It s been a while since I ve read an historical monograph, but I am glad I read this one after hearing Miles speak at a conference In short, Miles encapsulates the Vann house within the context of it times providing a space where the traditional narrative of history is difficult to grasp and see A space where the master slave relationship was not between a white master and a black slave, but rather a region where Native American masters held land and worked it for economic gains Here is a link t [...]

    4. I cannot even imagine the research that went into this book of the Chief Vann House and property and all who lived there slaves to traders to wives to politicians I have been a lifelong student of this property and there is so much here I did not know Miles has an elegance at presenting the cold hard truth that few possess I am sure I will refer back to this book and its appendix many times So much history and so many characters right in my own back door I have been inside that house so many man [...]

    5. This is a book of history that may be unfamiliar to most Americans It is a scholarly book covering the real lives of Cherokee people in the early 1800 s, who were caught up in a time of great cultural, political, economic, and social change.It s a true story of a Cherokee plantation owner, his family, slaves, and the circumstances surrounding this place in what is now northern Georgia.Well written and researched, it should be read by anyone who wants to know about American history from a differ [...]

    6. This is a good book It s grown on me over time The I ve thought about it, the I like it The author s compassion oozes through the pages.

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